Emotions and Problems in Writing Reports: Considerations on Mistakes as a Sign of the Unmastered "Remains" in the Italian Context of Divorce

By Cristina Curtolo.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies

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The adopted perspective takes into account the link between the idea of writing as an ambiguous reality (Barthes 1953) and the psychoanalytical model of institution (Obholzer 1994). I have noticed in some reports that those people who had requested legal separation were less adequately described than their spouses. The assumption is that mistakes affecting the serenity of broken couples can be explored from the point of view of the dynamic of transfer (Freud 1905) between the professional, the institution’s mission, and the community. Taking into account that emotions influence thoughts (Bion 1979; Nussbaum 2001), it can be hypothesized that when the professional writes his or her report there are unelaborated psychological elements that have an unconscious interference in his sense of reality. In principle, the trigger is the emotion that accompanies the perception of divorce as a change for a better life. We know that every change includes some resistance (Lewin 1951); it depends on circulating emotions, beliefs, and values in every society, the apex of which is the fear of disorder (Curtolo 2010). This study draws attentions to the importance of the legal system’s capacity to deal with frustration and negative emotions and also the need to vitalize the professional’s critical thought.

Keywords: Marital Conflict, Social Inclination, Affective Evaluation, Transfert

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies, Volume 10, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 6, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 537.870KB)).

Dr. Cristina Curtolo

M.A., Researcher in Clinical Psychology, Department of Law, University of Macerata, Macerata, Italy